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Russet-winged Schiffornis (Schiffornis stenorhyncha)

Russet-winged Schiffornis is one of five species that formerly were united under the name Thrush-like Schiffornis (Schiffornis turdina); the other members of this group are Northern Schiffornis (S. veraepacis), Olivaceous Schiffornis (S. olivacea), Foothill Schiffornis (S. aenea), and Brown-winged Schiffornis (S. turdina). 

Russet-winged Schiffornis is a representative of this group that occurs from central Panama east across northern Colombia to western and northern Venezuela. All species in this group have similar, dull plumages, being primarily brown or olive brown, with paler underparts, and prominent large dark eyes. Although all members of the group also are poorly known, Russet-winged Schiffornis probably is one of the least studied members of the complex. This is a relatively low density species that occupies the understory of terra firme forests, most often foraging within 1-2 m of the ground, and typically is solitary. The clear whistled song is heard far more often than th…

Our first Wildlife Photography Workshop

On April 22, 2017 we conducted our first wildlife photography workshop thanks to Canon Panamá, who organized the workshop as part of their continuing support to photography enthusiasts, and our mutual interest to share knowledge and photography tips. The workshop was imparted by Miguel “Siu”.

Wildlife photography is a very broad subject-matter. Therefore, the real challenge was to cover as much subjects as possible on a limited amount of time. The general objectives of the workshop were:
  • To know the different techniques used by professional photographers to obtain sharper images of animals in the wild.
  • To know what equipment and accessories are needed and what the results are with each one.

During six hours we shared our knowledge in Gamboa Rainforest Resort where firstly we covered  two hours of theory, explaining basic concepts, and showing which gear is required. We gave tips to make pictures with good results in natural environments, we taught the techniques to achieve sharper images and how to look for the best photographs, including how to use speedlites. Answering all the participants' questions.

Then, we explained certain adjustments in camera, so the participants could experiment on their cameras how to set out them. Including: general settings for wildlife, birds in flight setting and macro photography setting.

After lunch we practiced the learned techniques for one and a half hour, and participants were able to test gear, especially telephoto and super-telephot lenses with the support of Canon specialists. During this period participants were able to discuss their photos with the instructor for comments and recommendations to improve them.

As instructor, Siu did’t got the chance to make so much photos, but bellow are some of the subjects participants were able to shoot:

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)

We stayed in Gamboa, and the following day were able to capture these ones:

Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) eating a fish


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